[ANN] Formulations Pro Releases FileMaker API for PHP 12 Book

Discussion created by tduell on Oct 17, 2012

10/17/2012 Formulations Pro, Inc., San Diego, CA. Announced the immediate availability of the second edition of the number one selling FileMaker PHP book; FileMaker API for PHP 12 A Practical Guide for Creating Database Driven Web Sites with FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Server 12. Todd Duell, CIO of Formulations Pro and author of the book stated, "This is a major improvement from the first book. There are more than 25 new lessons. More importantly, the entire book has been re-validated on FileMaker Server 12, Apache, and IIS. In addition to the book, Formulations Pro is also hosting the extremely popular, free FileMaker API for PHP reference web site that provides access to detailed information about the FileMaker class and all the methods. This site far surpases anything currently available to FileMaker PHP developers. The goal of this site it to provide world-wide access to best practices PHP development and the ability of developers to share their work with the entire community." Formulations Pro, Inc. is the world-wide leader in custom and commercial FileMaker software applications.


This is the only complete reference book for the FileMaker API for PHP using FileMaker Pro 12 and FileMaker Server 12. Whether you are a beginner or a professional developer you will find the information in this book to be invaluable. Part I starts by getting you ready to publish data to the web with a primer about the basic HTML you will need to know to work with the examples in this book. Part II shows you how to install and configure either Apache or IIS as your web server. Part III shows you how to install and configure FileMaker Server. Part IV provides information about free and professional text editing tools to build your web sites. Part V teaches you the basics about PHP syntax to work with the examples in this book. Part VI explains the sample database fields, layouts, and scripts that are used for all the examples in the book. Part VII contains more than 60 complete core and advanced PHP examples that will teach you techniques to build professional web sites. Part VIII wraps up the book reference information with extended FileMaker vs. PHP syntax, other web publishing technologies available to FileMaker, expected costs, performance and security considerations, understanding server logs and error codes, and a FileMaker API for PHP quick reference guide. This is a completely revised book. Every line of code has been revalidated to work with FileMaker Pro 12, Apache, IIS, and the latest browsers. Therefore even if you have a previous version of the book it may be well worth your time to study the new content in this book.


Example FIles Include:

  • How to connect to the database
  • How to display images from a container field
  • Find records
  • Perform compound searches
  • Sort records
  • Insert records
  • Duplicate records
  • Delete records
  • Validate the data before inserting or updating records
  • Working with related records in portals
  • Uploading files to the server
  • Creating list and jump menus
  • Displaying search results
  • Create a login routine to secure your web pages
  • Running scripts using PHP code
  • Importing records after uploading an Excel file
  • Display record pagination and record navigation links
  • Working with multi-user web pages
  • Display Boolean and multi value check boxes
  • Display multi value list
  • Quick find method
  • Google reCAPTCHA
  • Google API pie, bar, and line charting
  • Google API maps and geocoding
  • Display random banner ads
  • Session management
  • Display externally stored images and files
  • Install and configure SSL for HTTPS
  • PHP with AJAX
  • PHP Calendar
  • Working with dates
  • Email integration and attachments
  • Printing PDF reports
  • Printing sub summary reports
  • Validating phone numbers
  • Validating credit cards
  • Simultaneously updating multiple records
  • Submitting multiple page forms
  • Expire download links
  • Display HTML/CSS from database fields


The printed book will be available very soon at In the mean time, you can purchase a discounted version of the eBook at: